For about a year, I have been an active participant on the Church of God email list on Yahoo Groups. Most of the other participants are pastors, and quite a bit of the discussion is theological in nature. People do share prayer requests (some more than others); and when there is an opportunity to meet (such as during the North American Convention), participants are eager to meet who have never met each other face to face.
( People on the list become real to each other, and the death of one of them leaves a mark. An example is behind the cut.Collapse )
I am singing in chapel this morning, using a new song that I finished writing on Saturday morning. The title is, "My Glory Will Be Revealed." The song has taken several months to write, and it is very different from most of the songs I have written up to this point in my life. Where in the past my songs have been expressions of prayer or songs about particular situations that illustrate biblical principles, this song takes several types of situations, packs them down into a single line, and then brings biblical principles to speak to the situations. It is really about immersing the listener in truth to cover situations that are extremely painful.
Finishing the song was a rather appropriate experience, especially considering what the last verse says. I think that Terry and Sarah both would have loved it. I needed this to happen, too. My own experiences this year have been very painful, and I need the same covering that I am hoping to give through the song.
When loneliness has overwhelmed you and your heart is filled with grief, My glory will be revealed. Let my Spirit give you peace and joy. I am strong when you are weak. My glory will be revealed. Put your hope in my word. You will know that I have promised. I don't abandon what I've started. My good work will be complete. My glory will be revealed.